The Gift of Love

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love endures for ever.”
-Psalm 118-1

At the heart of love is a desire (eros) to be one with the beloved. This passionate desire for unity is so strong it feels the absence of the beloved. Love wants what it is missing so badly it hurts. But while love desires the love of its beloved, love also wants to give itself away to its beloved. This gift of love (agape) exists side-by-side with the desire for love (eros) within our hearts. It is the very union of eros and agape that love reaches its fulfillment.

God loves us, wants to be one with us. But we shunned that love, turned our backs on God. God’s passionate desire for us, even after feeling the pain of our rejection, is joined with God’s gratuitous gift of endless love to us in the person of Jesus. In Christ, humanity and divinity are wedded in everlasting love. As we desire the one we love and want to give ourselves completely to that person, so too does God love us, wants to be one with us and fully share the eternal wonder, joy, and hope of divinity with us. It is not enough to simply desire God. We need to give ourselves to God.


1 Response to “The Gift of Love”

  1. 1 krebsjoan February 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Now that’s Carnival, Mardi Gras. Thanks, Gerry.

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